Caravans of spice traders and crusading Christian soldiers once crossed the dramatic desert landscapes of Jordan and you will too, journeying from the beautifully preserved Greco-Roman city of Amman to the fabled "rose red" Petra ruins set deep within a narrow gorge. Travel north along the King's Highway admiring Crusader monuments and views of the Promised Land en route.
2 August 2018
AUTHENTIC ACCOMMODATION Petra Guest House is located beside the official entrance to the Siq of Petra's historical and archaeological site
HIDDEN TREASURES Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure
LOCAL SPECIALISTS For included sightseeing in Amman
City tour in Amman
View the Roman amphitheatre and Citadel in Amman, Moses' Promised Land on Mount Nebo and the mosaic map of the Holy Land at Madaba
Visit the Greco-Roman city at Jerash, the unique ancient city at Petra and the Crusader Fortress at Shobak
Tread in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, crusading knights and Bedouin tribes who once crossed the length and breadth of Jordan leaving their mark on its mystical desert landscapes. Our springboard to the spellbinding ancient trading history of Jordan is the white stone city of Amman which you will have an opportunity to explore at your leisure after being transferred to your hotel from the airport.
Amman – Jerash – Petra (2 Nights)
This morning sees us explore the 3rd century Greco-Roman ruins at Jerash, a favourite city of the Roman emperor Hadrian and an important stop on the incense and spice trade route to the Mediterranean. Amble past its soaring Corinthian columns and view its almost intact city walls before returning to the seven hills of Amman. We join a Local Specialist this afternoon for a sightseeing tour of the 6,000-seater Roman amphitheatre, impressively carved into the northern side of a hill that once served as a graveyard. We'll see Citadel Hill which towers over the city from atop Jabal al-Qala before departing for Petra where we'll dine in our hotel tonight.
The enchanting rose-red façades of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, take centre stage today as we admire the archaeological wonder carved into the sheer rock face over 2,000 years ago by the Nabataean people. Imagine silk and spice caravans plying their wares as we enter this mystical trading city through the narrow Siq - flanked by towering cliffs soaring 80 metres high.
Petra – Amman
We venture deep into this ancient frontier land, following the King's Highway north to Shobek and gaining insights into the day-to-day life of local villagers. Ascend Mount Nebo and view the Promised Land as Moses once did in the Hebrew Bible. Later, view The Kings Way mosaic portrait of the Holy Land, the world's largest mosaic portrait dating back to the 6th century, at Madaba's St. George's Church.
This morning, we bid farewell to this extraordinary land.